Study: People Are Remembering To Wash Hands
MORE PEOPLE ARE REMEMBERING TO WASH THEIR HANDS, RESEARCH FINDS
(CNN) – A new study suggests hand hygiene has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Researchers found that the odds of a person remembering to wash their hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose was 2.3 times higher in 2020 than in 2019.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compared survey data from October 2019 with June of this year. They found that 70% of participants remembered to wash their hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose;
that was at 53% in 2019.
When it came to washing hands before eating at a restaurant, 70% of people reported doing that in 2020 and 55% said they did it in 2019.
And washing hands before eating at home increased from 63% to 74%.
The study doesn’t specify whether the changes in hand washing were due to the pandemic.
It also relied on self-reported data.